Atrial fibrillation is a common condition that involves an abnormal heart rhythm. The abnormal heart rhythm may be continuous or it may occur episodically. Atrial fibrillation sometimes causes symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and pounding in the chest. It may also lead to complications, including stroke. In fact, one out of every six strokes is a result of atrial fibrillation. This is because the condition increases the risk of a blood clot forming near the heart, due to poor blood circulation. The blood clot can travel to the brain, where it can cause a stroke by obstructing blood flow.
You can learn more about the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke when you watch this video. You’ll hear the story of one woman who ended up in the emergency room because of atrial fibrillation. You’ll also learn about treatment options for atrial fibrillation to reduce the risk of stroke.
At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, you’ll find exceptional emergency room services and comprehensive stroke care. Residents of the Northport and Venice areas can give us a call at (888) 685-1596 for more information about stroke care.